Meet the board
Roddy is the Founder and Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute – www.asiascot.com He is also the Founding Partner of Canongate Partners, an international executive search consulting firm specialising in solving challenges for clients seeking to enter Asia and the Emerging Markets and Chairman of the Plant for Peace Foundation (UK) focused on building a long term agrarian solution in Afghanistan. He was previously Chief Executive of Asia House in London, where he drove its mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about a region extending from the Gulf in the West to Japan in the East.
During a career spanning service as a British Army officer, several years as a banker in the UK and US, and more than 30 years working at the highest levels of global executive search, Roddy has always been interested in the challenges of understanding and embracing the skills needed to function effectively across national boundaries.
Awarded the OBE in 2002 for services to British Trade, he was until recently a Vice Chairman of Cubitt Consulting and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Said Business School, Oxford University. He is a Director of Oceana Energy (UK), a Board member of British American Business, a member of the International Advisory Council of Innovating Global Health and a Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University.
He is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). He holds an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
A graduate of Princeton University, Elizabeth joined Facebook five years ago when the company still had fewer than 100 million users. Since then she has built Facebook’s Politics and Government Programme for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the ground up.
Her role involves advising political representatives, government agencies, public administrations and think tanks on the intersection of Facebook and 21st-century governance to better understand what she calls the “Conversational Century”. She works with heads-of-state, ambassadors, academics and other notable figures.
In 2012, Elizabeth co-authored an opinion editorial on the changing nature of public communications in the Huffington Post. She delivers speeches in parliaments from Brussels to Berlin and conducts workshops from Cairo to Copenhagen.
Stewart is a Partner with LeapFrog Investments and Chairman of Asia Scotland Institute’s Business Advisory Council.
Based in Edinburgh, he has 13 years’ experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity investing.
Co-Head of South Asian Investments at LeapFrog, Stewart currently oversees deal teams and co-leads LeapFrog’s South Asian deal sourcing and execution. Prior to joining LeapFrog he worked at Rothschild for six years in London and Dubai.
Alan is Co-Head of Research and a member of the Investment and Executive Management Committees at Walter Scott.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he worked at ManoCap, a private equity firm based in Sierra Leone, and as a lawyer at Slaughter and May.
Before university, Alan
undertook an extended internship at Walter Scott. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Oxford. Alan is a CFA charterholder.
Lord Charles Bruce is active in the not-for-profit sector in conservation, the fine arts, and multiculturalism. He manages a family estate in Fife as a sustainable rural business centred on Broomhall House, a leading travel destination and events venue. He chairs the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. He is president of the Democracy Forum, which hosts regular seminars in London on human rights and political authority in several Asian countries. He is patron of the Japan Society of Scotland. He has also hosted events at Broomhall on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Consulate.
Educated at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee, he studied Economic History and Sustainable Urban Design. He is on the advisory council of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – based in Osaka – and has lectured widely on the history of Scottish relations with Japan. He is deputy chair of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies. He contributes to Gitanjali and Beyond, a journal published in Scotland and India focussing on the global legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first writer to win the Nobel Prize.
Andrew Milligan was Head of Global Strategy responsible for investment market advice and analysis at the fund manager Aberdeen Standard Investments from 2000 to 2020.
He has several decades of experience of working in the public and private sectors, banking, stock broking and asset management, for a range of global companies. In addition to supporting the Asia Scotland Institute, Andrew assists a range of local charities and universities as well as public speaking and writing on economic and financial matters.
Douglas is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in private practice.
He is the principal and founder of DBFM, an independent firm of chartered accountants specialising in strategic planning and business advisory services. He is also an accredited Mindshop Facilitator – a strategic planning consultancy process developed in Australia.
He was formerly a partner at Chiene + Tait in Edinburgh, before leaving to set up DBFM.
Ollie founded Asiability in 2015. Prior to that, he founded Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Europe in 2011. CKGSB is China’s leading executive school established by Hong Kong’s wealthiest man, Li ka shing.
Previous roles include CEO of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Foundation and Director of Corporate Relations at Said Business School where he served on the leadership team of Oxford University’s £1.25 billion campaign. Board experience includes London Symphony Orchestra, Social Bite and China-Britain Business Council. Ollie presently also serves as China Ambassador for Ditchley Foundation, on the Board of the Asia Scotland Institute and regularly teaches at the London School of Economics Confucius Institute for Business.